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 P.S. Art 2016, Exhibition of Art by NYC Public School Students Showcased on Iconic Digital Billboards in Times Square

Shown for Three Minutes Every Hour from June 22 to June 26 – Best Viewing in Times Square’s Military Island

Presented in Partnership with the Times Square Advertising Coalition

Fred Rosenberg, President of the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Sr. Vice President of Sherwood Equities joins featured student artists at the press conference to unveil their artwork on Times Square’s digital billboards on June 22, 2016. 

Photos by Miyan Levenson (top two) and Scott Wynn (bottom two). 


New York, NY — June 22, 2016 — In other cities, parents hang their child’s artwork on the refrigerator; in New York, public school students are showcasing their artwork on the giant digital billboards in Times Square! For the second consecutive year, TSAC  held an event in Times Square to kickoff a five-day digital art presentation showcasing the work of New York City public school students ages 5 to 18 from all five boroughs. The 23 masterpieces selected were displayed on the iconic screens owned and operated by Clear Channel Spectacolor and Bank of America.  Clear Channel Spectacolor will also be displaying the artwork every hour from June 22 to June 26.


The 23 works of art in the Times Square showcase were chosen from the 89 works in this year’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a project of the New York City Department of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio in a School.  This annual juried exhibition of works of art in all media created by New York City public school students of all ages will be on display this year at The Met through October 23, 2016.


TSAC leadership, government officials, dignitaries from the New York City Department of Education, Studio in a School, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and featured student artists were among the speakers at the launch event on June 22.  The student artists, their families, teachers, and principals joined together in Times Square’s Military Island to view the unveiling of their work in the Crossroads of the World!


“This exhibition is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the outstanding talent of our students, as well as the unbelievable effort by our teachers and administrators to bring robust and challenging art programs into our city’s schools,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.  “Each featured work demonstrates immense courage, creativity and dedication, and further proves the immeasurable importance of the arts in public education. It gives me great pleasure to know that each day countless New Yorkers will stop and admire the artwork of some of our city’s most gifted students.”  


“New York City has some of the largest stages and platforms in the world and I’m thrilled to have our local students share their works of art with the millions of people who pass through Times Square every day,” said Fred Rosenberg, President, Times Square Advertising Coalition and Sr. Vice President, Sherwood Equities.  “TSAC is excited to collaborate on this great program for the second year in a row and transform our iconic screens into giant canvases.   We look forward to making this an annual event and continuing to bring diverse and creative content to our screens.”


“It is truly wonderful to see the thoughtful work of such creative young artists hanging on the walls of The Met,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, The Met’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education. “And we are ecstatic that these young people will be able to share their work with the world by having it displayed in Times Square.”


 “Every time we find a new opportunity to forge partnerships between our public school students and an iconic New York cultural, educational, or business institution, it’s genuinely exciting,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Congratulations to the students who are showing off their work in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, and thank you to the business leaders who have made it possible.”


"What an exciting and creative way to showcase the work of New York City's next generation of great artists," said NYC Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm.  "Millions of visitors from around the world will now have the opportunity to appreciate our students' beautiful works of art in the middle of Times Square.  I thank TSAC for partnering with the City to support arts education in this unique way."

“I wish to congratulate all the featured student-artists for having their work displayed in one of the highest profile spaces in the world: Times Square. I would also like to recognize in particular Tilok Costa from William Cullen Bryant High School, my Alma Mater, for his piece “Resolution” being included in the PS Art 2016 display,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “This program is a fantastic partnership between our city’s government, cultural community, and business leaders to show all of our students that we believe in them and believe they can achieve their dreams.”

 “In Tinik (Fishbone) I wanted to reflect a memory I had of my grandmother from the time I lived with her ten years ago….some would find it funny or strange.  For me it is a way to remember a funny moment with her which I find truly adorable,” said Ysabel Simon, featured student artist, Grade 12, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

“I like to make art for many reasons, but what I love most is that I can express myself through my artwork. I love that art can be whatever I want it to be. I can draw a picture, express my feelings, or even create a story,” said Vasilia Maniotis, featured student artist, Grade 5, P.S. 22 Queens.

The 23 works of art selected for the Times Square showcase are part of a larger exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The annual P.S. Art competition fully integrates public school students from the pre-kindergarten level through the 12th grade. The 89 works in this year’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experiences; students with special needs are represented, as are students enrolled in advanced-placement art classes.  The exhibition shows the varied ways that student creativity, artistic ability, and subject matter evolve on the journey from childhood to adulthood.


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Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community.   Members of TSAC include:  ABC National TV Sales, Activate The Space, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, Digital Domination, Jamestown One Times Square, Landmark Signs, Metromedia Technologies Inc., Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon Sign Co. Inc., Sansi, Sherwood Equities Inc., SL Green Realty Corp, Times Square Alliance, Intersection, and Walgreens Company.  www.timessquareadcoalition.org.